Scientific Travels, Textbooks, Popularization and Controversies in the
6th STEP meeting
Istanbul, 19, 20, 21 June 2008
P R O G R A M M E A N D P A P E R S
- See the programme and sessions here...
- Read pre-circulated papers here...
All participants should read pre-circulated papers to ensure high standards
of discussion during the meeting. Each author will have 10 minutes to
present his/her paper. At the meeting, sessions will turn around the presentation
of main results, commentary and ensuing discussion.
A I M S O F T H E
M E E T I N G
The 6th STEP meeting has a double aim: to revisit old themes and to start
discussing a new theme: scientific controversies. The meeting will provide
a good opportunity to further our understanding of themes (travels, textbooks
and popularization of science in the European periphery) on which we have
made progress (see STEP publications) and, at the same time, open for
discussion the topic of scientific and technological controversies in
(or involving) the European periphery.
Old themes will be discussed in the format of round-tables. Round-tables
involving 5 participants will be organized by the Scientific Committee.
Besides a chairperson they will include 4 rapporteurs, 2 selected by the
Scientific Committee and 2 who submit their application through the call
for papers. The chairperson will provide a summary of what has been accomplished
in the aforementioned STEP volumes, and make some additional comments
on potential extensions, on weak points and on issues that can be worked
out more analytically in view of the discussions that have taken place
in relation to STEP's other research topics. This report will previously
be provided to the other participants of the round table who will comment
on the report. Then there will be discussion, followed by synthetic closing
by the chairperson.
The chosen new topic is Scientific and Technological Controversies in
the European Periphery. Papers on the new topic will follow the format
of previous meetings. Accepted papers will be organized in session (3-4
papers plus a comment). Papers are pre-circulated and just a summary will
be provided during the STEP meeting to allow for ample discussion.
Controversies have been part of the daily life of scientists. They are
disputes relatively extended in time formulated publicly, which involve
different levels of disagreement (empirical, theoretical or ontological)
and aim at convincing not only direct opponents but also specific audiences.
In fact, they often impinge on the practice of the scientific community
to such an extent that scientists may question the validity of criteria
used in assessing claims of contending parties as well as criteria invoked
when controversies eventually come to a closure.
While there is an extensive literature on scientific controversies they
have seldom been addressed from the point of view of the European periphery.
Controversies are instances of science-in-action which are particularly
suited to highlight the dependence of science from local contexts, in
their multiple social, cultural, political, institutional, and religious
dimensions as well as from the idiosyncrasies of individual contenders
particularly vis-à-vis the cognitive dimensions of science. Therefore,
they appear particularly suited to assess the specificities of the practices
of appropriation of science throughout time and across disciplines in
different sites of the European Periphery.
S T E P
Founded in 1999 in Barcelona, the international STEP group is organizing
its 6th meeting. This meeting will be hosted by the Chair for the History
of Science of Istanbul University. Topics addressed in former meetings
include scientific and technological travels, textbooks, popularization
of science and technology in the European periphery and national historiographies
of science. All thematic meetings attempt to strike a balance between
the analysis of different case studies and historiographical reflections,
with the purpose of building a framework in which comparative studies
will be assessed. For further details see www.uoa.gr/step.
19, 20 and 21 June 2008
Istanbul - Turkey
Organization: Department of History of Science, Istanbul
Tahiri - History of Science
> STEP - official
CALL FOR PAPERS
The contact e-mail address for the call of papers is step2008-ist(at)bilimtarihi.org
Title and Abstracts for papers on the new theme with no
more than 250 words should be submitted by October 1, 2007.
Potential rapporteurs for the old themes round-tables should
manifest their willingness to act as such by October 1, 2007.
Decision on accepted and rejected papers and on selected
rapporteurs will be made public by December 1, 2007.
Accepted papers will be precirculated. Deadline for submitting
final versions is May 1.
For round-tables on old themes, chairpersons should circulate
their report among rapporteurs by March 1, 2008 in order to give rapporteurs
ample time for preparation their reports.
This meeting is specifically addressed at STEP members.
If you are not member and would like to submit a paper, begin by submitting
your request for membership to Jose Ramon Bertomeu Sanchez (Jose.R.Bertomeu(at)uv.es).
Just introduce yourself by 3-5 lines and ask him to send
it to the NODUS list.
As in the other workshops, STEP members will pay their plane
It is hoped that Host Institution will raise the necessary
funding for hotel accommodation and subsistence.
In case of shortness of funds, priority will be given to
STEP junior members (MSc and PhD students).
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Ana Simoes (chair person)
Antonio Garcia Belmar
Brigitte Van Tiggelen
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Feza Günergun (chair person)
> See also:
5th STEP Meeting, Popularisation
of Science and Technology in the European Periphery, 1 June 2006